It is also suggested that there is an interaction between hormone levels and eating at different points in the female menstrual cycle . Research has predicted increased emotional eating during hormonal flux, which is characterized by high progesterone and estradiol levels that occur during the mid- luteal phase . It is hypothesized that these changes occur due to brain changes across the menstrual cycle that are likely a genomic effect of hormones. These effects produce menstrual cycle changes, which result in hormone release leading to behavioral changes, notably binge and emotional eating. These occur especially prominently among women who are genetically vulnerable to binge eating phenotypes. 
Help me understand: I was using a progesterone cream (40 mg/ day) but when I realized I needed estrogen too, my gynecologist put me on the pill. It has much less progestin (.5 mcg). How do they compare? Is the “natural” hormone so much less effective? That’s why I would need so much more of it? (As compared to what’s in the pill?) Trouble is: the pill isn’t helping me w/ any of my menopausal symptoms except vaginal dryness. I don’t like being on the pill. But my doctor can’t prescribe estrogen alone (and then I would self-prescribe the progesterone cream)… I’m trying to figure out if I can get enough estrogen just from food. Particular point I want to understand here is: how do the synthetic hormones compare w/ natural ones in terms of potency/ dosage/ bioavailablity — all that stuff.
Testing for hormone receptors is important because the results help you and your doctor decide whether the cancer is likely to respond to hormonal therapy or other treatments. Hormonal therapy includes medications that either (1) lower the amount of estrogen in your body or (2) block estrogen from supporting the growth and function of breast cells. If the breast cancer cells have hormone receptors, then these medications could help to slow or even stop their growth. If the cancer is hormone-receptor-negative (no receptors are present), then hormonal therapy is unlikely to work. You and your doctor will then choose other kinds of treatment.